Bob Iger Praises Disney Golden Globes Nominees + Fox Contenders Too

The Walt Disney Company had a very good showing this morning with the unveiling of the Golden Globes nominations and CEO Bob Iger was quick to show the love for the House of Mouse’s expanding empire.
More active than usual on social media the past few …

The Walt Disney Company had a very good showing this morning with the unveiling of the Golden Globes nominations and CEO Bob Iger was quick to show the love for the House of Mouse's expanding empire. More active than usual on social media the past few months, Iger took to Twitter on Thursday to offer praise to some of the Disney big screen contenders up for wins at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's January 6 ceremony. In the process of becoming an almost the…

Fox Theme Park in Malaysia in Doubt Amid Disney Merger

When it was announced in 2013, 20th Century Fox World was set to be the studio’s first theme park. Situated an hour outside Kuala Lumpur, the park would feature characters from Fox animated films like “Ice Age,” “Rio,” and…

When it was announced in 2013, 20th Century Fox World was set to be the studio’s first theme park. Situated an hour outside Kuala Lumpur, the park would feature characters from Fox animated films like “Ice Age,” “Rio,” and “Planet of the Apes.” But now the project could become a casualty of the Disney-Fox merger. […]

Lachlan Murdoch Salutes Father Rupert Murdoch At Fox’s Last Annual Shareholder Meeting Before Disney Deal

Waxing nostalgic about 21st Century Fox’s decades-long run in the media business, Executive Chairman Lachlan Murdoch offered a tribute to his father, Rupert Murdoch, during the company’s annual shareholder meeting.
Barring a major twist in …

Waxing nostalgic about 21st Century Fox’s decades-long run in the media business, Executive Chairman Lachlan Murdoch offered a tribute to his father, Rupert Murdoch, during the company’s annual shareholder meeting. Barring a major twist in the long march toward a $71.3 billion deal to sell two-thirds of itself to Disney (a deal that should get final approval in mere weeks), the meeting at the Zanuck Theatre on the Fox lot was the last for Fox in its current form…

Disney Finalizes Film Studio Brass Under Alan Horn: Emma Watts Confirmed To Run Fox

As expected, 20th Century Fox Vice Chairman Emma Watts will continue leading the studio once it is absorbed by The Walt Disney Company. She’ll report directly to Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn in a structure that Disney unveiled Thursday….

As expected, 20th Century Fox Vice Chairman Emma Watts will continue leading the studio once it is absorbed by The Walt Disney Company. She’ll report directly to Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn in a structure that Disney unveiled Thursday. Joining Watts, as Deadline previously reported, in the new Disney structure are Fox Searchlight chiefs Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula, as well as Fox 2000 president of production Elizabeth Gabler. Current 20th Century Fox…

Disney-Fox Film Structure Coming Next: Alan Horn Atop Divisions, Streaming Big Priority

Now that Disney has set the hierarchy of Fox TV executives who’ll be part of the merged entities, next comes the film division. Sources said there shouldn’t be much surprise when an announcement is made as early as later this week.
Alan Hor…

Now that Disney has set the hierarchy of Fox TV executives who’ll be part of the merged entities, next comes the film division. Sources said there shouldn’t be much surprise when an announcement is made as early as later this week. Alan Horn, the veteran exec who was unceremoniously pushed out at Warner Bros and then came to Disney and stabilized static divisions that has led to an unparalleled run, will be top dog. Reporting to him will be Sean Bailey, the Walt Disney…

Disney-Fox TV Exec Structure: Big Titles Galore, Studio Merger Put Off Amid Challenges Blending Corporate Cultures

Disney’s $71.3 billion acquisition of most of the assets for 21st Century Fox is marrying two very distinct brands and two very different corporate cultures. The company, led by chairman and CEO Bob Iger, took the first step in the process today,…

Disney’s $71.3 billion acquisition of most of the assets for 21st Century Fox is marrying two very distinct brands and two very different corporate cultures. The company, led by chairman and CEO Bob Iger, took the first step in the process today, announcing the top Fox TV executives who will make the move to Disney when the transaction is completed in early 2019. There had been a lot of anticipation for the deal, which would create mega film and TV studios and cement…

Disney-Fox: Post-Merger Executive Speculation Heats Up As Comcast Exits With Focus On Peter Rice & Dana Walden

The big bidding war for Fox ended this morning when Comcast pulled out, handing the prized 21st Century Fox assets to Disney. With the Disney-Fox deal already assured of regulatory approval with the divesting of the Fox regional sports networks and jus…

The big bidding war for Fox ended this morning when Comcast pulled out, handing the prized 21st Century Fox assets to Disney. With the Disney-Fox deal already assured of regulatory approval with the divesting of the Fox regional sports networks and just days from a formal Fox shareholders vote on July 27, the attention is returning to what a combined Disney-Fox entity would look like. As Disney CEO Bob Iger said this morning, following the news of Comcast’s…

Disney Q3 Earnings Outlook Dims On ‘Solo,’ M&A “Uncertainty” – Analyst

Disney should report a profitable fiscal third quarter in a few weeks’ time, powered by its media networks and theme parks, predicts Wall Street analyst Steven Cahall of RBC Capital Markets. Even so, the misfiring of Star Wars spinoff Solo and un…

Disney should report a profitable fiscal third quarter in a few weeks’ time, powered by its media networks and theme parks, predicts Wall Street analyst Steven Cahall of RBC Capital Markets. Even so, the misfiring of Star Wars spinoff Solo and uncertainty surrounding its M&A plans have prompted Cahall to lower his quarterly earnings estimates for the company. Cahall still rates Disney as his top pick in the media sector and retains a 12-month price target of $135 a share…

Murdochs Acknowledge Comcast Bid For 21st Century Fox Assets, Decline To Address “Market Speculation”

Lachlan Murdoch opened 21st Century Fox’s call with investors after its quarterly earnings report by addressing recent press reports of “the potential of a further offer for our business.”
It was a reference to Comcast’s reporte…

Lachlan Murdoch opened 21st Century Fox’s call with investors after its quarterly earnings report by addressing recent press reports of “the potential of a further offer for our business.” It was a reference to Comcast’s reported plan for a rival bid well above Disney’s, but the exec hastened to add, “We are not going to comment on market speculation.” Murdoch, echoing sentiment from Disney chief Bob Iger, signaled confidence that the Disney acquisition will proceed as…

Disney’s Courtship Of Fox Began Last Summer, At Rupert Murdoch’s Moraga Winery

Disney’s courtship of 21st Century Fox began last summer, in a casual meeting between the two top executives on the lush grounds of Rupert Murdoch’s Moraga Winery in Bel Air.
Documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission lay out intricate details of the corporate courtship — which, like any good Hollywood romance, entailed rival suitors who were ultimately spurned: Verizon and Comcast.
Disney CEO Bob Iger and Fox’s Murdoch met on August 9, for one of their…

Disney’s courtship of 21st Century Fox began last summer, in a casual meeting between the two top executives on the lush grounds of Rupert Murdoch’s Moraga Winery in Bel Air. Documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission lay out intricate details of the corporate courtship — which, like any good Hollywood romance, entailed rival suitors who were ultimately spurned: Verizon and Comcast. Disney CEO Bob Iger and Fox’s Murdoch met on August 9, for one of their…

Fox Earnings Get Lift From Cable Networks Even as Broadcast Lags

The Murdoch boys have a lot to like about their most recent financial quarter. Robust ad sales and higher affiliate fees at 21st Century Fox’s cable networks helped revenues climb during the three-month period ending in December, helping the media conglomerate behind Fox News, 20th Century Fox, and Fox broadcasting easily top Wall Street’s forecasts. […]

The Murdoch boys have a lot to like about their most recent financial quarter. Robust ad sales and higher affiliate fees at 21st Century Fox’s cable networks helped revenues climb during the three-month period ending in December, helping the media conglomerate behind Fox News, 20th Century Fox, and Fox broadcasting easily top Wall Street’s forecasts. […]

Fox-Sky Deal: UK Authority Says “Not In The Public Interest”; Hints Disney Could Help

Britain’s Competition and Markets Authority this morning delivered a blow to the proposed £11.7B takeover of Sky by Fox. The CMA today published the provisional opinion from its in-depth examination of Rupert Murdoch‘s long-coveted acquisition of the 61% of Sky that Fox does not already own, saying it is “not in the public interest.” While the results lean negative, there’s a hint in there that if the proposed Disney-Fox deal goes through, some concerns “would fall…

Britain's Competition and Markets Authority this morning delivered a blow to the proposed £11.7B takeover of Sky by Fox. The CMA today published the provisional opinion from its in-depth examination of Rupert Murdoch's long-coveted acquisition of the 61% of Sky that Fox does not already own, saying it is “not in the public interest.” While the results lean negative, there’s a hint in there that if the proposed Disney-Fox deal goes through, some concerns “would fall…

Disney Doings: Bob Iger Compensation Dipped 17% In 2017; Two Tech Biggies To Exit Board

Disney revealed in regulatory filings today that its chairman and CEO Bob Iger made $36.3 million in compensation in 2017, a 17% drop year-over-year. The news comes less than a month after Disney announced plans to acquire a majority of assets from 21st Century Fox in a mega $52.4 billion merger.
The proxy made public Friday also said that two Silicon Valley-based board members — Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey — will not seek re-election to their…

Disney revealed in regulatory filings today that its chairman and CEO Bob Iger made $36.3 million in compensation in 2017, a 17% drop year-over-year. The news comes less than a month after Disney announced plans to acquire a majority of assets from 21st Century Fox in a mega $52.4 billion merger. The proxy made public Friday also said that two Silicon Valley-based board members — Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey — will not seek re-election to their…

ABC President Channing Dungey Briefly Addresses Disney-Fox Deal Amid Rampant Post-Merger Executive Moves Speculation – TCA

After the shockwave from the announcement of the Disney-Fox deal subsided, figuring out the executive structure of the combined Disney-Fox company has become Hollywood’s favorite guessing game, and it will be for the next several months until things start coming into focus further into the 12-18-month regulatory approval window.
This morning, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey declined to provide any glimpse into the the behind-the-scenes conversations. That was…

After the shockwave from the announcement of the Disney-Fox deal subsided, figuring out the executive structure of the combined Disney-Fox company has become Hollywood’s favorite guessing game, and it will be for the next several months until things start coming into focus further into the 12-18-month regulatory approval window. This morning, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey declined to provide any glimpse into the the behind-the-scenes conversations. That was…

John Landgraf On Pending Mega Deal, FX’s & His Disney Future: “I Feel Optimistic” – TCA

FX Networks CEO John Landgraf was his typical philosophical self in his opening remarks at the winter TCA press tour, citing Charles Dickens’ “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” in reflecting on 2017.
While the line was in reference to consumers’ decreasing attention spans amid a proliferation of great content, it also could apply to news that closed out last year: the announcement of a proposed blockbuster deal that would have Disney acquire a number of…

FX Networks CEO John Landgraf was his typical philosophical self in his opening remarks at the winter TCA press tour, citing Charles Dickens’ “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” in reflecting on 2017. While the line was in reference to consumers’ decreasing attention spans amid a proliferation of great content, it also could apply to news that closed out last year: the announcement of a proposed blockbuster deal that would have Disney acquire a number of…

FX CEO John Landgraf Says ‘Fargo’ Season 4 Will Air In 2019 – TCA

Fargo is not gone,” FX boss John Landgraf assured during the network’s winter TCA executive session this morning in Pasadena
The CEO said creator Noah Hawley “has an idea which excites me enormously for a fourth cycle. The plan is to have that ready for 2019. I’m focused on what will come in 2018, but our anticipation is that there’s another cycle in 2019.”
Coming out of ATX festival in June, Hawley was unsure whether there would be more Fargo. 
“Please don’t tell people…

Fargo is not gone,” FX boss John Landgraf assured during the network’s winter TCA executive session this morning in Pasadena The CEO said creator Noah Hawley “has an idea which excites me enormously for a fourth cycle. The plan is to have that ready for 2019. I’m focused on what will come in 2018, but our anticipation is that there’s another cycle in 2019.” Coming out of ATX festival in June, Hawley was unsure whether there would be more Fargo.  "Please don't tell people…

Ryan Murphy On Disney-Fox Merger: “I’m Hopeful” – TCA

Today at the TCA panel for his new Fox series 9-1-1Ryan Murphy expressed his reaction to the pending Disney-Fox merger, saying it was an “emotional” one given how his cut his teeth in television at Fox.
“I was not very prepared for what happened,” said Murphy. Toward the end of the session, he added, “I’m hopeful”.
In regards to whether he’ll continue with with Disney after the merger, Murphy said, “I haven’t made a decision of where I’m going to go, but I’m going to…

Today at the TCA panel for his new Fox series 9-1-1Ryan Murphy expressed his reaction to the pending Disney-Fox merger, saying it was an “emotional” one given how his cut his teeth in television at Fox. “I was not very prepared for what happened,” said Murphy. Toward the end of the session, he added, “I’m hopeful”. In regards to whether he’ll continue with with Disney after the merger, Murphy said, “I haven’t made a decision of where I’m going to go, but I’m going to…

Fox-Disney & Sexual Harassment Scandal Will Be Dominant 2018 Film Narratives

The defining film industry events in 2017 — the revelation of sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein and Disney’s $50-plus billion acquisition of most Fox assets – will continue to be the dominant narratives of 2018. The two are only related in the long-term ripple effect each will have on the movie business, but it was interesting that in the 15 or so conversations with top industry players/prognosticators, I came away thinking it might be easier to hear a…

The defining film industry events in 2017 — the revelation of sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein and Disney's $50-plus billion acquisition of most Fox assets – will continue to be the dominant narratives of 2018. The two are only related in the long-term ripple effect each will have on the movie business, but it was interesting that in the 15 or so conversations with top industry players/prognosticators, I came away thinking it might be easier to hear a…

The Bart & Fleming Podcast: Looking Back At 2017

Year-end trends and portents resist analysis in a year like 2017, which ended with giant mergers that will change Hollywood’s landscape, and ongoing industrywide sexual harassment scandals, as we discuss in our year-end The Bart & Fleming Podcast. Box office turned hot and cold as streaming took command last year, triggering mixed forecasts of growth and weakness. Meanwhile, contrarian filmmakers like Christopher Nolan scored solid results (Dunkirk), while others, like…

Year-end trends and portents resist analysis in a year like 2017, which ended with giant mergers that will change Hollywood's landscape, and ongoing industrywide sexual harassment scandals, as we discuss in our year-end The Bart & Fleming Podcast. Box office turned hot and cold as streaming took command last year, triggering mixed forecasts of growth and weakness. Meanwhile, contrarian filmmakers like Christopher Nolan scored solid results (Dunkirk), while others, like…

Will Exhibition Hold Line At 2018 Box Office In A Streaming Obsessed World?

If a proposed Time Warner-AT&T merger raised the question about a new, accelerated PVOD window that would butt up against theatrical, then a pending Disney-Fox merger has certainly cast a lot of questions around the future of the theatrical business as it steamrolls into the streaming arena with its own OTT services plus a greater share in Hulu.
But if anyone is looking for any concrete evidence in regards to whether moviegoing is alive or not, consider the fact that for…

If a proposed Time Warner-AT&T merger raised the question about a new, accelerated PVOD window that would butt up against theatrical, then a pending Disney-Fox merger has certainly cast a lot of questions around the future of the theatrical business as it steamrolls into the streaming arena with its own OTT services plus a greater share in Hulu. But if anyone is looking for any concrete evidence in regards to whether moviegoing is alive or not, consider the fact that for…

The Bart & Fleming Podcast: Mergers & Misgivings

Hollywood is alarmed by the impact of the Disney-Fox deal, fearing substantial job loss as well as shrinking markets for filmmakers, as we discuss in our latest episode of The Bart & Fleming Podcast. The combined market share of the consolidated company in film will top 30%, and creatives fear the impact on decision-making and marketing.
Further, there are concerns whether allegations of harassment and complicity have reached contagion proportions and may trigger…

Hollywood is alarmed by the impact of the Disney-Fox deal, fearing substantial job loss as well as shrinking markets for filmmakers, as we discuss in our latest episode of The Bart & Fleming Podcast. The combined market share of the consolidated company in film will top 30%, and creatives fear the impact on decision-making and marketing. Further, there are concerns whether allegations of harassment and complicity have reached contagion proportions and may trigger…